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Rising up, Vivek Kanpa by no means wished to be a pc scientist like his mother and father. They might attempt to train him how programming works by displaying him the “Hiya, World!” program or Java language.

“And yearly I simply didn’t perceive it. I used to be like, ‘I’m by no means going to do that,’” Kanpa, 21, advised Northeastern World Information.

However he did change into excited by fixing large human issues at a younger age. Whereas visiting his mother and father’ house nation of India for the primary time at age 7, Kanpa observed that some kids needed to drink water from ditches and puddles, swarmed with flies.

“That basically affected me,” he says. “I simply didn’t take pleasure in seeing the inequality for water sources there.”

When he bought older he began occupied with how water filtration in creating nations could possibly be made extra sustainable and cheaper. Fortunately, he was going to a STEM-heavy public highschool in Livingstone, New Jersey, which allowed him to deal with water filtering analysis for about two years. 

“I introduced at a few conferences and utilized for a few awards,” he says. “That was a really outstanding section in my life that was my place to begin in analysis.”

Now a Northeastern senior, Kanpa was lately awarded the 2022 George J. Mitchell Scholarship. The scholarship was based in 1998 by Trina Vargo, a former overseas coverage adviser to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, in the course of the crucial years of the Northern Eire peace course of, to permit future American leaders to develop curiosity in Eire.

In August, Kanpa will journey to Eire with the opposite 11 awardees to do a yr of graduate research in synthetic intelligence for medication and health-related analysis at College Faculty Dublin.

It took Kanpa a while to determine the route he wished to go along with his undergraduate research at Northeastern. 

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When he first arrived on the Boston campus, he was decided to check environmental engineering and possibly go to medical college. 

“Once I was occupied with careers, it was at all times pushed by what downside do I wish to remedy? After which, how do I wish to remedy it?” he says. “For me, it was at all times medication, and so for the longest time, I assumed I wished to resolve that downside by being a physician.”

At Northeastern, Kanpa realized that he could possibly be making a distinction in individuals’s well being in different methods. He had modified his main a number of instances earlier than he nailed down what precisely he was excited by.

“I wished to work extra on the numbers aspect of issues,” says Kanpa, who will graduate with levels in information science and biology, and a minor in arithmetic.

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